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“Just about perfect” 4 of 5 stars
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Hilton Cairns
5.0 of 5 Hotel   |   34 Esplanade, Cairns, Queensland 4870, Australia   |  
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Ranked #9 of 66 Hotels in Cairns
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Cairns, Australia
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“Just about perfect”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

Really enjoyed our stay. Our room was perfectly positioned overlooking the marina. The staff were helpful and friendly. Overall I'd rate it an 8.5/10. Let downs: no drying rack for towels or bathers after a trip to the reef. Pillows incredibly soft and the TV system is pretty dated. Loved having a balcony.

  • Stayed August 2014, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service

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John L, General Manager at Hilton Cairns, responded to this review, August 25, 2014
Dear Michael and Judith,

Thank you for taking the time to review Hilton Cairns following your recent stay. I'm pleased to read that you've enjoyed your Hilton experience and appreciate your feedback on in room facilities.

I hope we can welcome you back again soon,

Yours sincerely,

John Lucas| General Manager
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

Stayed for 4 nights at the hotel. You have excellent view from the hotel and is very close to boarding cruise ships for barrier reef. Staff is very courteous and helpful. However hotel and rooms bear old look and style, was expecting something better. You may find better options for the same price range.

  • Stayed May 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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John L, General Manager at Hilton Cairns, responded to this review, August 21, 2014
Dear Traveller,

Thank you for taking the time to write a review. I’m pleased to read that you’ve enjoyed your stay with us and experienced good service from the team. I hope we can welcome you back again soon.

Yours sincerely,
John Lucas| General Manager
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Melbourne, Australia
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17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014

The Hilton is an agreeable hotel. The staff are very pleasant, apart from the receptionist who grudgingly allowed us a late checkout till 12:30pm (our plane left at 3:30pm), despite the fact that we had spent 7 nights at the hotel. Stand out staff were Brendan at the Sunrise Cafe and Matthew the barman, whose margaritas were perfect. However service from all the staff was excellent. Our room was lovely, and the breakfasts were great. The hotel is ideally situated to nearby restaurants and the main shopping area, both of which are a short walk away. My only gripe was the fact that wifi in the room cost $14.50 per day, although it was free in the lobby for an hour at a time. Also resented the 1.5% credit card payment fee. Both of these initiatives are purely money grabbing exercises and unworthy of a hotel of this calibre.

  • Stayed August 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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John L, General Manager at Hilton Cairns, responded to this review, August 21, 2014
Dear Patricia,

Thank you for the review via Tripadvisor and I’m pleased to read you’ve enjoyed your holiday break with us. I will be sure to pass on the great feedback to Brendan and Matthew – they will be delighted to hear from you.

I hope we can welcome you back again soon,

Yours sincerely,
John Lucas| General Manager
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2014

We were made feel welcome as soon as we arrived at the Cairns Hilton,friendly smiling staff,eager to please. Ideal location on the waters edge and close to shopping centre and restaurants. Beautiful room comfy king size bed with large balcony and water views. Close by boarding area for Barrier Reef Cruise, which was excellent.

  • Stayed August 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service

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John L, General Manager at Hilton Cairns, responded to this review, August 21, 2014
Dear Traveller,

Thank you for the review of Hilton Cairns. I’m pleased to read that you’ve enjoyed your Hilton experience and found the team to be welcoming and happy to assist. The Great Barrier Reef Fleet terminal is just a 5 minute walk away so our guests are close to all the action and activities.

I hope we have the opportunity to welcome you back again.

Yours sincerely,
John Lucas| General Manager
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2014

I stayed at the Hilton for a conference followed by a couple of extra days in two rooms 710 followed by 405. 405 was supposedly a higher grade room to 710. Whilst the bathroom was bigger in 405 with a separate shower and bath the location closer to the pool and Casino of room 405 and inferior view compared to 710 I would rank 710 as the better room.
The lack of free wi-fi in all rooms is just irritating and hotels should get it that this is not acceptable to charge, well anything for this - I recall the fee as approx. $14 per day.
On check in having expected that the room should have been fully paid for the first part by my company and then for the additional days by myself to be told that no it was not paid for by my company and that I in fact wanted it this way. The person at reception should have thought more about their choice of words as this was annoying and not true. The Hilton needs better processes for booking companies to clearly determine whether payments should be charged when booked rather than on arrival.
I found that all other staff that were spoken to face to face were pleasant and competent. There does, however seem to be an issue with phone staff in that I spoke to several who did not speak good English and did not have clear diction.
Whilst I only have the option on trip advisor of Average or Very Good, Good would be an overall summation.

Room Tip: Go higher up and towards the water away from the Casino.
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  • Stayed August 2014, traveled solo
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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John L, General Manager at Hilton Cairns, responded to this review, August 21, 2014
Dear Traveller,

Thank you for the review of Hilton Cairns via Tripadvisor. Please accept my apologies for any confusion arising from accommodation billing instructions on arrival and I do appreciate the feedback on staff communication via the telephone.

I hope we can welcome you back again – whether on business or leisure.

Yours sincerely,
John Lucas| General Manager
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Weipa, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2014

Had an absolutely fantastic stay here! Stayed in a Spa room which was immaculate. Modern, clean, absolutely nothing was bad. Staff was super friendly. Breakfast was awesome. Room service was good. Will definitely stay here again!

  • Stayed April 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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John L, General Manager at Hilton Cairns, responded to this review, August 21, 2014
Dear Deb,

Thank you for taking the time to complete a Tripadvisor review. It’s great to read you’ve enjoyed your visit to Hilton Cairns and I hope we can welcome you back again on your next trip south.

Yours sincerely,
John Lucas| General Manager
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Brisbane, Australia
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62 helpful votes 62 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2014

There is no shortage of quality accommodation in Cairns but Hilton is very likely the best. An excellent location on the waterfront, near everything you want to see and do and within walking distance of everything the centre of Cairns has to offer, including literally dozens of dining options. The design of the hotel is quite extraordinary. An open air atrium rises through the middle of the hotel, allowing ocean breezes through the structure. Views are good on either side. Rooms are spacious and feature a pleasing contemporary style. Executive lounge is on the small side but did not seem crowded. Breakfast is good and staff are pleasant and efficient. The hotel offers all of the standards and services one expects of a Hilton, combined with North Queensland friendliness and informal style. Definately recommended.

  • Stayed August 2014, traveled on business
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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John L, General Manager at Hilton Cairns, responded to this review, August 11, 2014
Dear Ashley,

Thank you for your comprehensive review of the hotel on Tripadvisor. The team are delighted to read your great comments and appreciate the feedback. Thank you for your continued loyalty and we hope to welcome you back again soon.

Your sincerely,

John Lucas| General Manager
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Additional Information about Hilton Cairns

Address: 34 Esplanade, Cairns, Queensland 4870, Australia
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Location: Australia > Queensland > Cairns Region > Cairns
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#1 On the Beach Hotel in Cairns
#3 Business Hotel in Cairns
#4 Spa Hotel in Cairns
#5 Luxury Hotel in Cairns
#7 Romantic Hotel in Cairns
#12 Family Hotel in Cairns
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:5 star — Hilton Cairns 5*
Number of rooms: 262
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Located in the heart of the city, the Hilton Cairns hotel is the perfect base for exploring the diverse wonders of this truly unique region, famous as the meeting place of two natural wonders, the Great Barrier Reef and World Heritage Rainforest. Our modern and inviting Cairns hotel rooms and suites are luxurious oases of comfort and convenience, offering pristine new bathrooms and spacious balconies with views of Trinity Inlet or Cairns Esplanade and the unique cityscape and blue-green mountain ranges beyond. Stay connected with the latest technology in the fully-equipped business centre. Enjoy relaxed, alfresco dining at the award-winning Mondo Café Bar and Grill on the waterfront, or discover authentic italian flavours at "Donninis "Simply Italian". Experience modern, tropical, paradise today! ... more   less 
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